Thursday, 10:30 – 11:30
Follow up to keynote – Application Discussion
Career Exploration Educating Maine Students About Careers in Maine through Videos
Destination Occupation, a free career exploration resource, features engaging videos of Maine employers and employees. Destination Occupation is designed to help students make informed career decisions and is being used in career exploration classes and programs like Jobs for Maine Graduates. Maine has great career
opportunities many of which are not on “on our radar” or are inaccessible for any number of reasons. Destination Occupation is the brainchild of Rachel Knight, a special education teacher. Rachel understands that everyone is busy and, for that reason, she created these career exploration videos to be an efficient and effective use of your time.
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Thursday, 12:45 – 2:15
Dance of Compassion with Young People
This workshop will offer a series of techniques for transforming the most problematic challenges encountered in every day care of teens and young adults. The spirit, skills, and structure of Motivational Interviewing will be shared and are immediately applicable to workers, clinicians, healthcare workers, and therapists in all kinds of clinical settings.
Kirke Olson, PsyD
How to Use Your Brain, Gut, and Heart to Increase Positive Youth Engagement
We are fortunate to be alive now! These “interesting times” offer us many opportunities to create positive school climates for our youth. Research shows that youth who feel engaged do better, but also shows between 40-60% of them feel disengaged. Neuroscience and positive psychology show us how to change this. Although you may doubt it sometimes, everyone has a brain and they all work pretty much the same. Knowing how it works will help you strengthen positive engagement for you and the youth you work with. There will be lecture, real life examples, and experiential components so that you will not only learn about these techniques, but also experience a taste.
Trauma-Informed Classroom Communities: Trauma-Awareness and Prevention Strategies for Educators
This interactive session will provide foundational training on trauma and its impact, along with strategies to support students and build resilience. Facilitators will guide participants through a series of strategies, and provide opportunities to practice. Session content will also focus on understanding of youth experiences with trauma and the interconnectedness of trauma-informed practices and education through group dialogue and activities. Those interested should come prepared to engage and participate in dialogue, active practice and sharing from their own teaching experiences. This session is applicable to educators working with all ages, as well as to teams seeking an opportunity to practice together.
Using the new ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) to Improve School Climate
During this workshop we will:
- Inform participants about this free, valid, and reliable survey tool to indicate where change is needed in a school’s climate & culture;
- Show the relevance between the EDSCLS and ESSA, #5 of the Accountability indicators – non-academic indicator that supports a “well-rounded” education;
- Demonstrate how to use the survey;
- Hear from school districts who have used this survey – their successes and goals for using the survey overtime;
- How the EDSCLS can be used alongside the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS);
- Share details about distributing the survey and the School Climate Data Analysis Protocol developed by Maine schools through the guidance of MSFE.
A Framework of Hope: Doing What Matters
Programs that work with youth contribute greatly to a youth’s healthy development by offering them caring, competent adults, a safe place to learn and opportunities to extend their learning. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to Search Institute’s Developmental Asset framework and explore how organizations have used its concepts to increase youth thriving and reduce risk taking. We will explore key elements of developmental relationships as well as techniques on how to implement them to increase positive outcomes for youth. Successful strategies will be shared, including an overview of resources.
Challenging Behavior: What’s Happening and How We Can Help
Join us for an interactive and 90 minutes that is packed full of information and resources to support you in your efforts to prevent and respond to situations of challenging behavior. We’ll touch on the following topics in our 90 minutes together: what happens in the brain when it senses stress/threats; self-regulation; what are executive functioning skills and how by understanding how they are impacted when the brain senses a threat we can support children in their learning environments.
Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00
J.H. Corpening, II
Why School-Justice Partnerships?
School-Justice partnerships are essential for keeping kids in school and out of court. This presentation will highlight two successful partnerships in New Hanover County, North Carolina. The first is a truancy council that addresses barriers to attendance and works to improve attendance. The second is a partnership designed to address the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Behavior is being addressed when and where it happens instead of ignoring it by removing the child from school. Referrals to Juvenile Court were reduced by 45% in the first year of the partnership. Keeping kids in school is important to all of us, and partnerships work!
Improved school attendance translates to more engaged students. Engaged students have less discipline issues. All this translates to a more positive school environment. By addressing discipline issues in a positive manner at school instead of making court referrals, the behavior changes in a positive way directly impacting engagement, safety, and environment.
Mindfulness Strategies to Help Students Self-Engage
As educators, we often think about student engagement as our responsibility: to be entertaining and structured to maximize our student’s attention spans. What if we empowered our students to attend to their own engagement? Consistent mindfulness practices can help students with attention and emotional regulation; the lack of either can impede their ability to attend to the task at hand. This interactive workshop will offer an overview of the growing field of mindfulness in education, including supporting research. It will also delve into specific mindfulness practices that can be used to strengthen attention and emotional regulation.
Participants will learn the connection between mindfulness and engagement. They will learn how to facilitate basic mindfulness practices that can be used consistently. Finally, they will be able to apply specific practices to situations that require reengagement.
Liz Blackwell-Moore, MPH
Using a Trauma-Informed Restorative Approach to Prevent or Reduce Youth Cannabis Use
Cannabis is now legal for medicinal and recreational use among adults in many states. People who work with youths are finding themselves in difficult conversations with young people about the harms of cannabis vs. the possible therapeutic effects. This workshop explores the latest information on cannabis and how it impacts young people as well as the strategies that are most likely to prevent or reduce youths’ use. Participants will engage in small group work to build their skills for having those difficult conversations and for making a strategic plan incorporating a trauma-informed, restorative approach to prevention within their organization.
Attendance Matters: The Power of Positive Relationships
Chronic absenteeism, missing 18 days or 10% of the school year, can be a critical warning sign that students are academically at-risk. This interactive presentation will focus on school and parent perspectives as well as strategies on how to increase student attendance and engagement through family involvement. We will highlight how Maine school districts, community teams, and parents have incorporated effective strategies to decrease absenteeism by creating a positive school climate and increasing family engagement in their students’ educational program.
PBE and Alt Ed (How-To’s)
Using PBE framework, Graduation standards and performance indicators, students developed their critical thinking skills as they worked to ascertain the validity of a variety of online sources. This student friendly unit explores internet bubbles, echo chambers, why people create fake news while “hitting” both ELA and SS graduation standards. Using PBE structure, students will come to see the value of, and their own ability to, learn. I will use my experience and classroom unit as an exemplar for creating PBE classes within the Alt Ed. framework which guides student discovery of inherent bias, validity, reliability and credibility of sources – paper and digital. I will show excerpts from 60 Minutes and TED Talks. Using software (pear deck, edpuzzle) to engage, I will walk through my lesson plans, highlight student work, and basically show folks how to create a quality PBE unit of study while staying true to multiple needs of Alt Ed students.
Youth Engagement: Moving Assets into Action
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn practical methods for maximizing youth engagement and how to use Search Institute’s Attitudes & Behaviors survey data as a catalyst for successful asset-based initiatives. We will describe the progression FROM “zero youth involvement” in helping to integrate youth survey results into the planning and initiatives of coalitions, schools, and youth/family serving organizations TO having youth on the frontlines of data review and interpretation via focus groups and public presentations. Emphasis will be on youth as asset builders versus adults “fixing” kids.